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Old 13 November 2012, 13:40   #31
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Discovery 3 is good, auto a must as its so smooth. We looked at defender and its just terrible. Love the looks but inside was cramped and basic but that's what will make it go 120k and you can fix it with a hammer! Discovery 4 is better in every way but if budget restricts get a dicovery 3. Nice interior, and has all settings for traction control etc. if you can, get a later model of them be because they fixed problems and made body coloured numbers etc...
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Old 13 November 2012, 16:11   #32
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To be fair as the budget won't stretch to late D3 or D4, there are some mint sub 60k full dealer history immaculate D2s for 8-9k. They do seem good value. Still fit for purpose for us. It'll only see water twice a year at most, even then it won't touch it. No offroading either other than on the farm track.

I take it auto is the best bet?

V8 petrol is just too thirsty like our current RRover. At 12mpg it costs a 3 to pop for milk, just daft. And to tow the boat somewhere far you may as well hire a boat at the destination!
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Old 13 November 2012, 16:15   #33
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.. there are some mint sub 60k full dealer history immaculate D2s for 8-9k.
I should think so!
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To be fair as the budget won't stretch to late D3 or D4, there are some mint sub 60k full dealer history immaculate D2s for 8-9k. They do seem good value. Still fit for purpose for us. It'll only see water twice a year at most, even then it won't touch it. No offroading either other than on the farm track.

I take it auto is the best bet?

V8 petrol is just too thirsty like our current RRover. At 12mpg it costs a 3 to pop for milk, just daft. And to tow the boat somewhere far you may as well hire a boat at the destination!
Go for either an auto or..............an auto
Td5's are nice engines, you can always pop a chip on for a mild tune to make them even better!
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I don't know if you know but landrovers currently have a range from s, gs, xs, se and hse being the top of the range. Obviously this doesn't apply to all the models as they call new cars different models but the hse has always been around and will have the best things so aim for that!
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I'm also in the market for a new tow car. The X5 is ok but its now on 120,000 and just cost me 2k for a gearbox recon, so time to change again. This time I'm going either Disco 3 or VW Touareg V10 5L D - Looking at a budget of 20k plus PX on the X5 which I'm valuing at 5k. Ideally I'd like to stay sub 20 though, which seems to buy me a decent 58 Disco 3 with 50,000 miles.

What else should I be considering ?

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Anyone wanting a 4x4 before winter needs to pull a finger out if it snows prices will rocket
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More research suggests LR are just not reliable until a D4. It seems they are the type of vehicle you buy in warranty then sell. To be fair, mates early D3 and RR sport have had electric problems with big bills. Our old RR is pretty unreliable, nothing much changes.

Just seems unless you've got big bucks, you ain't getting a reliable big truck.

To spend over 10k on something and just get bigger bills when it inevitably breaks would be crap.

They build cars that work for 150k miles plus and trucks that work, why not big 4x4s? X5s are nice, but gearboxes go after 100k
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